Cancer, bankruptcy and death: study finds a link

Diane Mapes of the Fred Hutch News Service writes on January 25, 2016, that a “new study conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that the financial toxicity resulting from the high cost of cancer care is almost as deadly as cancer itself. Her article includes financial tips for those battling cancer.

“It varies from cancer to cancer, but for those who are in a bankruptcy situation – and about 3 percent of cancer patients go bankrupt – the risk of dying is just very, very high,” said lead author Dr. Scott Ramsey, director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, or HICOR, which is trying to find ways to reduce the human and economic burden of cancer.”

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